Attention Deficit Disorder: Is It A Learning Disability?

ATTENTION DEFICIT DISORDERA learning disability tends to be used to refer to a perceptual disability, such as a visual processing disorder or a dyslexia auditory disability. However, anyone diagnosed only with ADD is perfectly capable of understanding the presented information. Therefore, it is established that ADD or ADHD is not a learning disability.

 

ADD doesn’t obstruct the learning process, although it does tend to be combined with other disabilities much of the time. A child suffering from ADD can absorb information, process it and retain it in his memory. The challenge arises with maintaining his attention long enough so that he may learn the information in the first place.

 

Let’s use eight-year-old Danny as a case in point:

Danny, diagnosed with ADHD, has learning difficulties in school and social difficulties with his peers. If his ADD symptoms are arrested with proper treatments, his academic and peer performance will shoot upwards.

 

Many difficulties tend to crop up in dealing with ADD- or ADHD-affected children. There are some tried and true tips for coping with an ADD sufferer and for helping them to cope with themselves! 

  • Children with ADD benefit tremendously by keeping to a fixed schedule. They tend to have difficulty remembering what is expected of them, so a set routine helps condition them in that respect.
  • Designating fixed and assigned places for an ADD child’s belongings helps him/her make sense of their possessions. A simple tip is using a planner and a compartmentalized binder, with each subject designated to its own section.
  • Teachers of children with ADD are wise to use an interactive approach to lessons as opposed to direct lectures. The interactive approach greatly minimizes the frequency of the child’s disruptions.

Making use of the right methods at the right time and place can greatly assist a child diagnosed with ADD to bypass his difficulties and reach for the stars!

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